Definition of parallelism in English:



  • 1The state of being parallel or of corresponding in some way.

    • ‘The parallelism is clear: between male social relations inside the novel, and those that produced its writing.’
    • ‘Deeper parallelisms involve the relation between false appearances and underlying sincerity or genuineness.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, Kothari instructs the spectator to ‘look for the symmetrical reduplication and repetitive parallelism of dance patterns’.’
    • ‘Some writers, however, have noted the parallelisms between an objectivistic Marxism and Whitehead's objective relativism.’
    • ‘Orhan Veli's work is also full of repetition and parallelisms.’
    • ‘This book has the feel of something pieced together over time, with the parallelisms between its three parts carefully arranged but hardly spontaneous.’
    • ‘This is a play that works on its audience through juxtapositions (both ironic and evocative) and parallelisms that remind us that questions of self-identity in a shifting world are and will always be with us.’
    • ‘Chris Baldick finds interesting parallelisms to this concept of defamiliarization in both Romantic poetry and in Brecht's theatre.’
    • ‘Their journeys intertwine and overlap, and during sequences in which they go their separate but parallel ways, director Gustad employs jarring cross-cutting to remind us of their journeys' thematic parallelisms.’
    • ‘Such parallelism can be both literary and historical; the two are not mutually exclusive.’
    1. 1.1The use of successive verbal constructions in poetry or prose that correspond in grammatical structure, sound, meter, meaning, etc.
      • ‘Through alliteration, anaphora, parallelism and slant-rhyme, Sleigh builds momentum into the eleven, rhythmic couplets and suggests a train's smooth travel.’
      • ‘Aside from the Yiddish / Hebrew parallelisms, Gordin's text sometimes uses two consecutive adjectives that basically have the same meaning, in order to double their effect.’
      • ‘The phonemic patterning and the parallelism of phrase vocalize a concealed anxiety about the momentum and acceleration of this technological revolution.’
      • ‘An analysis of this speech reveals that the student used varied repetition strategies, including anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, and parallelism.’
      • ‘In Psalms, to which St John the Baptist alludes, the trope of the ‘bridegroom’ occurs in a series of parallelisms, balanced by an explicitly competitive image.’
    2. 1.2The use of parallel processing in computer systems.
      • ‘Sisal needs a C or Fortran compiler and an underlying operating system that implements parallelism in order to produce parallel code.’
      • ‘Supercomputing is, almost exclusively, parallel computing, in which parallelism is available at all hardware and software levels of the system and in all dimensions of the system.’
      • ‘To begin with, it is based on a grid architecture that uses a shared-nothing distributed approach and deploys performance features such as multi-threading, pipeline parallelism and partitioning.’
      • ‘As part of the deal between Compaq and Intel also involves a program of joint engineering development focused on advanced parallelism for high-end computing.’
      • ‘Thus, continued improvement in supercomputer performance at current rates will require a massive increase in parallelism, requiring significant research progress in algorithms and software.’